Defective Fuel System & Post-Collision Fire Cases


Product Liability / Auto / Post Collision Fire / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup with side-saddle fuel tank design.
Confidential Settlement

Sherry Bradstreet brought suit against General Motors on behalf of her sister and her sister's three sons after all were killed when the car they were traveling in became engulfed in flames due to punctures to the vulnerable side-mounted fuel tank in the C/K pickup truck that struck their vehicle.

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Product Liability / GM Pickup / Post Collision Fire
Confidential Settlement

Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design. Brian Chamberlain brought suit against GM after he was severely burned by fire when his Chevrolet pickup was struck by another pickup causing an explosion upon impact, due to punctures and failures of the vulnerable side-mounted tank and vulnerable filler neck of the Chevrolet pickup truck.

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Product Liability / Auto / Post-Collision Fire
Cash Settlement

Defective 1997 Dodge Ram Van with a 35-gallon plastic fuel tank mounted approximately five inches from the rear bumper and hanging down into the impact zone below the rear bumper. Plaintiff, a 41-year-old woman, brought suit against Chrysler after she was severely burned when the Dodge Ram Van she was driving was rear-ended by another vehicle while the van was stopped at a highway construction site, causing explosion upon impact due to the failure of the vulnerable, bumper-mounted tank of the Dodge Van.

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Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Cash / Structured Settlement

Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design. Alvin Phillips brought suit against GM on behalf of his daughter, Angela Byrd, son-in-law, Darrell Byrd and grandsons, Timothy and Samuel Byrd after Angela, Darrell and Timothy were killed and Samuel injured when the Chevrolet pickup truck they were traveling in became engulfed in flames due to punctures to the vulnerable side-mounted fuel tank in a collision with a tractor trailer.

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Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Cash Settlement

The widow of Mr. Bampoe-Parry brought suit after his 1985 Chevette was struck in the rear by a Volvo while trying to merge onto the interstate in Atlanta and the fuel system on the Chevette failed resulting in a post collision fuel-fed fire. Mr. Bampoe-Parry received burns and died as a result of his injuries.

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Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective fuel system in a GM A-Car
Cash Settlement

Suit brought by the Executor of the Estate of Lottie E. Knott and by the Personal Representative of the Estate of Mary A. Whaler after they died as a result of a post-collision fuel-fed fire in a 1979 Chevrolet El Camino which was struck in the rear by a 1978 Ford Fairmont. Hamil/Knott v. General Motors Corp; White/Whaler v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (5/5/99).


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

Surviving spouse of 46-year-old man brought suit against GM after her husband was killed by fire when a Chevrolet pickup truck he was a passenger in collided with another pickup truck, causing explosion upon impact due to punctures to vulnerable side-mounted fuel tank of Chevrolet pickup truck. Peterson v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court, District of Kansas (3/10/98).


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design.
Cash Settlement

Administratrix of the Estate of Jeanette Douglas brought suit against GM after 67-year-old Jeanette Douglas died from fire after Chevrolet pickup truck she was a passenger in became engulfed in flames due to punctures to vulnerable side-mounted fuel tank of GM pickup truck in collision with another pickup truck. Douglas, et al. v. General Motors Corp ., Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, Washoe County (3/10/98).


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

The surviving parent of a young man brought suit against GM after her son was killed by fire when his motorcycle had a side impact collision with a Chevrolet pickup truck. Randolph v. General Motors Corp ., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia (8/21/96).


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

The surviving wife and mother brought suit against GM after her husband and young son were killed by fire when the Chevrolet pickup in which they were riding was struck by a Ford Escort that crossed the center line of the roadway. Seebeck v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia (8/21/96).


Product Liability / Auto
$4,750,000 Cash and Structured Settlement (estimated payout)

A young pregnant woman was catastrophically burned, and her unborn baby died, when the vehicle in which she was riding burst into flames after a rear-impact collision. California Plaintiffs v. Unnamed Large Auto Company, Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, California. (7/18/96)


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

The mother of a 22-year-old man brought suit when her son was killed by fire after his pickup impacted a bridge.

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Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

Shannon Moseley, was burned alive when his pickup truck was struck by a later model GM pickup and burst into flames.

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Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

The surviving parents of a young man brought suit against GM after their son was killed by fire when his motorcycle had an extremely low speed side impact with a GM pickup. Cockrum v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court for the District of Kansas (9/8/95).


Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design.
Cash Settlement

The surviving wife brought suit against GM after her husband was killed by fire when the pickup in which he was riding was struck by a trailer that separated from another vehicle. Wilson v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court of Tulsa County, Oklahoma (9/8/95).


Product Liability / Auto
Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design
Cash Settlement

Two brothers were burned, one very severely, after their GM truck burst into flames after impact with an automobile which had spun out of control and crossed into the Camerons' lane of travel on a Kansas highway.

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Product Liability / Auto/ Wrongful Death
$2,050,000 Cash Settlement

Wrongful death action brought by the surviving adult children of a 53-year-old father and 53 year old mother who died when their automobile was involved in a post-collision fuel-fed fire after being struck in the rear by another automobile near Atlanta. Unnamed Plaintiffs v. Major Automobile Manufacturer, State Court of Fulton County, Georgia (8/94).


Product Liability / Auto
Cash Settlement

Defective GM pickup truck with side-saddle fuel tank design. Both parents of adult plaintiffs burned to death after impact with another vehicle when the fuel tank on their GM pickup ruptured and the vehicle burst into flames. Eyewitnesses attempted to help the victims escape but were driven back by the flames.

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Product Liability / Auto
$105,241,612.84 Verdict (includes $101,000,000 punitive damages verdict)

17-year-old Shannon Moseley burned alive following a side impact collision due to defective fuel system in GM pickup truck with 'side-saddle' fuel tanks.

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